You are the crowd gatherer,
God of all people.
For crowds rushed through the streets
to stand in Your presence,
and cheer Your activity.
The lonely and the sick reached out their hands
that they might find within themselves
a sense of Your healing presence.
the crowds continue to gather
hoping to hear little of Your love and forgiveness
wash over them,
that they might recognise their acceptance.
This special day of Palms
reminds us of the excitement of faith
when we realise the simplicity
of enjoying Your presence
and the experience of being part of a crowd.
Spirit of Community,
You have drawn us together today
to mingle in the crowd
that we might hear Your story of love again
and be willing to share the words;
that we might build relationships with others
that they might meet others with new vigour;
that our hurts and wounds might be soothed
and find ourselves able to offer others compassion.
Lord of people,
how we struggle to be like You
and place ourselves in the hands of those
we share community with.
Forgive us for our lack of trust
that others might be able to help and support us.
Forgive us for our lack of patience
as we become frustrated who do not live or do as we would do.
Help us to recognise those
we are not willing to listen to
or be guided by.
Enable us all to find value
in being part of a community of diverse people and relationships.
as we journey through palms to the sorrow and pain of Your death in human hands
You invite us to live in Your overwhelming forgiveness
that invited us to listen through the noise and bustle
of everyday living
and hear Your love poured forth
in every encounter we make with others
in Your name.